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Opening Hymn:  CP #397  Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Praise the one who breaks the darkness

With a liberating light.

Praise the one who frees the prisoners,

Turning blindness into sight.

Praise the one who preached the Gospel,

Healing every dread disease,

Calming storms and feeding thousands

With the very bread of peace.


Praise the one who blessed the children

With a strong yet gentle word.

Praise the one who drove out demons

With a piercing two-edged sword.

Praise the one who brings cool water

To the desert's burning sand.

From this well comes living water,

Quenching thirst in every land.


Praise the one true love incarnate:

Christ who suffered in our place.

Jesus died and rose for many

That we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,

Seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory,

Praise the One who makes us one.

Celebrant The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of

God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

All And also with you.


Collect for Purity


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Collect for the Day


Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that richly bearing the fruit of good works, we may know your blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen


The Readings


Proverbs 22: 1,2,8,9,22,23; Psalm 125; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37


Homily - The Reverend Canon Ruthanne Ward


Affirmation of Faith – Hear, O Israel (BAS Pg. 53)


Hear, O Israel,

the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind,

and with all your strength.


This is the first and the great commandment.

The second is like it:

Love your neighbour as yourself.


There is no commandment greater than these.



The Prayers of the People



Confession and Absolution (BAS Pg. 191)


Celebrant      Dear friends in Christ, let us bring before God the truth of our ways by making our confession to the One who forgives us.


Silence is kept.



Most merciful God,  we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.


Celebrant Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace


(Please turn to your neighbours and offer peace by way of a peace sign or slight bow & don’t forget to wave at the camera and offer peace to those joining us virtually - and if you are joining us from home, please share with those with you, or just with the world!)


May the Peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.


Offertory Hymn – Healer of Our Every Ill - CP #612



Healer of our every ill,

light of each tomorrow,

give us peace beyond our fear,

and hope beyond our sorrow.


1 You who know our fears and sadness,

grace us with your peace and gladness;

Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts. [Refrain]


2 In the pain and joy beholding

how your grace is still unfolding,

give us all your vision, God of love. [Refrain]


3 Give us strength to love each other,

every sister, every brother;

Spirit of all kindness, be our guide. [Refrain]


4 You who know each thought and feeling,

teach us all your way of healing;

Spirit of compassion, fill each heart. [Refrain]


Prayer over the Gifts


Gracious God, thank you for these gifts.  We offer them to you and ask that you bless them, that all may have food, clothing and shelter.  We also offer you our very lives, asking that you bless us and use us, that all may come to know your steadfast love and your unending grace.  In your holy name, we pray.  Amen.



The Eucharist

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

All And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give our thanks and praise.


We give you thanks and offer our praise, almighty and ever living God.  You comforted your people with the promise of the Redeemer, through whom you will also make all things new in the day when he comes again to judge the world with mercy and justice.  And so, with the Church throughout the ages and with the hosts of heaven, we praise your name with our unending song:


All Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.


Holy God, the Beginning and the End, our Salvation and our Hope, we praise you for creating a world of order and beauty.


When we brought on chaos, cruelty and despair, you sent your prophets to proclaim justice and mercy.


At the end of the ages your Son Jesus came to bring us your love and to heal all the suffering world.


In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore,  his life, his death, and resurrection,

we await his coming again in righteousness and peace.

Send your Spirit on us and on this bread and this wine we share: strengthen our faith, increase our hope, and bring to birth the justice and joy of your Son.


Through him all glory and honour is yours, Creator God, with the Sustaining Spirit, in your Holy Church, both now and forever, Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer


Celebrant As our Saviour Christ has taught us, let us pray.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.  Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread


Celebrant   “I am the Bread of Life”, says the Lord. “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

All   Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him.


Celebrant The gifts of God for the people of God.

All Thanks be to God.



Prayer after Communion (BAS Pg. 270)


God of mercy, your word and sacrament give us food and life.  May we who have shared in holy things bear fruit to your honour and glory, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.





Glory to God,


All whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.  Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever.  Amen.




Closing Hymn:  CP #482 - Come and Journey with a Saviour



Come and journey with a Saviour Who has called us from our birth,

Who has washed us in the waters, And who loved us on the earth. Refrain



Come and journey, come and journey With a Saviour who has come.

We are all God’s sons and daughters. In the Spirit we are one.


Come and journey, journey outward, where that cross calls us to care,

Where injustice and where hunger and the poor call us to share. Refrain


Come and journey, journey upward.  Sing God’s praises, offer prayer.

In the storm and in the stillness find God’s presence everywhere.  Refrain


Come and journey, journey onward; all our gifts we now shall bring

To the building of a city that is holy, Christ its King.  Refrain




Dismissal & Postlude